Bill description: HB 708 would prohibit private employers from discriminating against or penalizing employees who are volunteering for the civil air patrol.

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Does it give government any new, additional, or expanded power to prohibit, restrict, or regulate activities in the free market? Conversely, does it eliminate or reduce government intervention in the market? 


The Idaho Civil Air Patrol is an auxiliary wing of the U.S. Air Force. Its volunteer members perform search-and-rescues, counterdrug operations, humanitarian services, and more.

HB 708 would prohibit private employers from discriminating against a potential hire because that person is a member of the civil air patrol. Additionally, the bill would prohibit employers from taking action against an employee who is absent from work while volunteering with the Civil Air Patrol when responding to an emergency.

When missing work for Civil Air Patrol service, said employees would be required to give their employer as much advance notice as possible and to show that they were serving in response to an emergency declared by either the governor or the president.

HB 708 takes away from the ability of private employers to determine who to hire and how to manage their employees.

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